The 9 biggest moments of the 2015 Golden Globes

Margaret Cho stole the show.


Monica Riese


Posted on Jan 12, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 7:18 pm CDT

Tonight’s Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton was full of important moments, big laughs, and touching speeches. Here are a few of our favorites.

1) Je suis Charlie

Now one of the most popular hashtags in Twitter history, #jesuischarlie showed no signs of slowing during Sunday night’s ceremony.

Several stars were wearing pins in support of the thousands marching for free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, including Dame Helen Mirren.

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George Clooney even dedicated a not-insignificant chunk of his Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award speech to acknowledging the recent attacks, as did Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma. Both received standing ovations.

2) Margaret Cho

Much of the evening was spent poking fun at North Korea, from Amy Poehler and Tina Fey‘s opening monologue bit about The Interview to Margaret Cho’s signoff and threat (promise?) to host next year’s ceremony.

3) Benedict Cumberbatch photobomb

As part of the running North Korea gags, Meryl Streep posed with Cho (in character) for a photo, which, of course, photobombing champion Benedict Cumberbatch couldn’t resist getting in on.

4) Women

It’s true: Poehler and Fey called out the recent Bill Cosby drama; Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez made a truly touching speech, including a line about her culture as a whole; and Transparent creator Jill Soloway dedicated her win to trans teen Leelah Alcorn.

The women of the evening weren’t without their wry jabs at underrepresentation in Hollywood, however:

5) Jeremy Renner being a child

After making a this-is-why-we-have-tape-delay joke about Jennifer Lopez’s breasts, Jeremy Renner became the target of countless tweets questioning his maturity, literacy, and sexuality.

6) The GIF/JIF debate

The evening’s announcer encouraged readers to check out NBC’s GIF booth, but he pronounced it with a soft G, reigniting a debate we really thought had been settled ages ago. (It’s not pronounced the Jolden Jlobes, is it?)

7) Louis C.K.

Speaking of GIFs, this one, which sums up the comedian’s reaction to being nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy—alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Don Cheadle, Ricky Gervais, and William H. Macy—is perfect.

8) Touching acceptance speeches

We’ve already mentioned Jeffrey Tambor’s and Jill Soloway’s tributes to the trans community, as well as Gina Rodriguez’s tear-jerking moment on the stage, but it was perhaps Common, accepting for Best Original Song in Selma, whose speech hit home the hardest.

’Til Sisters, y’all.

Photo via Golden Globes | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Jan 12, 2015, 2:00 am CST